First Impression Friday | King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody (ARC)

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• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
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Title: King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Publish date: April 30, 2019

Reading as: eARC provided through Netgalley

Expected rating: 4/5

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends. (from Goodreads)

I was very lucky to receive King of Fools as an eARC through Netgalley and started on it pretty much as soon as I got it downloaded to my Kindle. Currently I am about 50% through. I’ll admit, Ace of Shades wasn’t my favorite book and I had given it a 3/5 when I read it last year. So, when I started this read I predicted it to be a 3/5 as well.

So far I am very pleasantly surprised and have changed my prediction to a 4/5. The story is far more fast paced an engaging than in Ace of Shades. Constant action, things happening, fascinating characters, and various sexual sparks that will set your socks on fire! Speaking of those sexual sparks, there are a few m/m scenes so far that nearly left me fanning myself. Boy howdy, talk about steamy!

Something I have noticed is that I love the secondary characters FAR more than the two main characters of Levi and Enne. Granted, I didn’t like Enne in the first book either. She has that, “not like those other girls” thing going and it just makes me roll my eyes. Hard pass.

Jac and Lola on the other hand? Whoa, talk about fascinating characters! They are full of personality and pain and are complicated creatures that I simply love. We are also introduced to a few new characters in this book that have been out of this world. I have a small crush on one of the girl gang. You’ll know her when you read her.

All in all, I’m very much enjoying this read. I can’t wait to see what the second half of the book holds for me.

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